"Well, after 10 days these boots finally came. I've had my eye on these since March, but hesitated to order them until a few weeks ago after having read the poor reviews.
Expecting the worst when I opened them, I was actually surprised to find that they were exactly what I had expected. The leather on my buckle straps is even and fine and I think the shoelaces are how I expected they would be. They aren't stiff like straw. My shoes are somewhere in between matte and glossy. The shoelace area of the shoe is a bit puckered and ill fitting, but not so much that it bothers me.
What does bother me is that the shoes are a half size too big. I ordered my normal 8 1/2 and these shoes fit much more like a 9. I'm tripping over my feet when I walk in them and they look like clown shoes on me.
Now I am faced with the horrible reality of having to exchange these, which after already waiting FOREVER for these to get here I will have to wait an eternity to get the size that fits me. By the time I return these and FP sends them back to me, I'm betting it will be at least a month. That really enrages me."